Community Health Assessment
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) describes the health of the community by identifying and presenting information on the community’s health status, needs, and resources. Its goal is to describe the health needs of the community and to develop strategies to address those needs.
The CHA also identifies areas where better information is needed, especially information on health disparities among various subpopulations, and the quality of health care. The CHA is conducted every three-four years to meet requirements for the Consolidated Agreement between the NC Division of Public Health and State Accreditation of Local Health Departments. As a part of the Affordable Care Act, Non-profit Hospitals are now required to conduct a Community Health (Needs) Assessment at least every three years.
State of the County's Health Report (SOTCH)
The State of the County Health (SOTCH) Report is an annual report that provides information on health priorities identified in the 2019 Community Health Assessment and reviews recent mortality and morbidity data for Cumberland County. In North Carolina, the state requires each local health department to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA) every three or four years. During the years between health assessments, health directors submit an abbreviated SOTCH report. This report will highlight the progress of local programs and initiatives in addressing the top five health issues as identified by Cumberland County. The identified issues are: Access to Health Services; Economy (employment, housing, food security, and living below poverty); Exercise, weight, and nutrition; Public Safety, and Substance Abuse. These snapshots of progress support the Healthy North Carolina 2020 goal of making North Carolina a healthier state.
The Annual Report highlights programs and accomplishments throughout the Health Department.
Strategic Action Plan
The Strategic Action Plan is intended to identify the key issues affecting the health of Cumberland County residents and the CCDPH staff and to guide the planning and implementation of the activities of the Community Health Assessment’s Action Plans.
Quality Improvement Plan
The Cumberland County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) uses a Quality Improvement Team approach to Quality Improvement (QI). The purpose of the QI process is to ensure the mission and core values of Cumberland County and CCDPH are being met.
The goal is to have accountability for the work CCDPH does to accreditation boards, government bodies, and the residents in Cumberland County. The QI process in CCDPH will create alignment between the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), CCDPH’s Strategic Action Plan, programmatic goals, and individual employee performance as well as the Board of Health’s internal and external priorities created every 3-5 years.
Workforce Development Plan
The Cumberland County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) workforce will be trained and retained by the items outlined in this Workforce Development Plan. This document will accomplish the following objectives:
- Successful onboarding of new hires
- Verification of credentialed staff
- Outline areas of improvement in training and ongoing training opportunities as well as non-biased hiring practices